Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

December 8, 2011

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by Mira Ink on 1st February 2010
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Pages: 363
My name is Meghan Chase. In less than twenty-four hours I'll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset. I don't think it will be that way for me. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school...or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical fairy king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Publisher: Mira Books
Released: 1st February 2010
The Iron King is a book that has been on my Wishlist for absolutely ages! I saw it on several book blogs and noticed that everyone seemed to be raving about it, looked up the synopsis and was hooked. This was the first book that I actually stayed up to read until the end. I loved it so much, and was clever enough to buy the next two books before I’d finished it. (Even though I haven’t started those yet, but I’ll get to them very soon).

What worked for me: The characters were definitely one of the reasons this book kept me up reading. All were very well-built and developed, and there was a diverse range of characters, from Ash to Meghan to Puck to Grimalkin. They weren’t all bland and two-dimensional, which made this book an absolute pleasure to read. Kagawa’s world-building was also excellent, her descriptions of the Nevernever were so detailed I really felt that the place existed.

What didn’t work for me: I didn’t like the beginning part with Meghan and her two days at school. That beginning really bothered me, namely because I don’t like seeing humiliation, especially cruel teenage humiliation. Also, I found the whole situation between Meghan and her parents confusing. I know it was explained later on in the book, but I was still left feeling a little confused at the end.

Overall, this was a fantastic series debut, and I would absolutely recommend this to all fans of YA.